MLI2001 - Italian Language, Written and Oral

2010/1 Module description

Lecturer(s)Dr. Angelo Mangini (convenor); Mrs ChristineWalters;Ms Caterina Balistreri;Ms Ilaria Masenga;Ms Iolanda Cozzone
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
Pre-requisitesMLI1001 (or equivalent)
Duration of Module22 weeks
Total Student Study Time300 hours, including 40 hours of written classes and 20 hours of oral classes

Module aims

This language module is primarily for language students who have taken MLI1001 in year
1. It aims to consolidate the skills acquired during the previous year, and to improve and
extend students' command of modern Italian, written and spoken. Emphasis will be on the
consolidation and expansion of the Italian language through grammar, reading
comprehension, translation into Italian and composition. Translation from Italian to English
will explore different registers of language and prepare students to handle these in a
competent and professional way.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Module Specific Skills:
1. Apply a knowledge of a broad range of grammatical features of Italian to a variety of
linguistic tasks.
2. Translate passages from a variety of authentic written sources from Italian into
English, and from English into Italian.
3. Deal competently with demanding comprehension passages.
4. Develop an argument in written Italian.
5. Give a short oral presentation in Italian on a defined topic to a small group of listeners
and to engage in group discussion.
Discipline Specific Skills:
1. Understand styles and registers of written and spoken Italian.
2. Understand and use in class discussion a broad range of linguistic terms, to identify
and define his/her mistakes in Italian. Understand grammatical and syntactical
3. Use a bilingual or Learners' monolingual dictionary to glean information about
meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
Personal and Key Skills:
1. Communicate competently in a foreign language.
2. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners.

Learning and teaching methods

Details of Learning and Teaching Methods:
Three integrated classes weekly, one concentrating on translation/summary into English and
translation into Italian from written sources; one concentrating on grammar,
comprehension, composition and summary in Italian; one integrated oral class to support
and expand the work done in the other two classes.

Assignments and assessment

Formative or %
Form of Assessment:
Size of the
ILO's assessed
by this
Formative Translations,
compositions, and
comprehension work
throughout the year
1-4, 6-8 Written and oral
25% Class test in week 1,
term 2
50 minutes 1-4, 6, 7 Written and oral
25% Oral exam in term 2 15 minutes 5, 9, 10 Written
50% Written exam at the
end of term 3
2 hour 1-4, 6, 7 Written

Syllabus plan

The syllabus plan will follow a series of tailor-made units, and be supplemented by
additional translation work, grammar exercises and newspaper articles.

Indicative basic reading list

Recommended Texts:
Da Capo, Lazzarino and Monneti (Heinle, 2006)
J Colaneri, V Luciani, 501 Italian Verbs (2nd edition) (Barron's)
Recommended dictionaries:
Collins Sansoni Italian Dictionary, ed. V. Macchi (Collins); Oxford-Paravia Italian Dictionary
(Oxford UP); Dizionario della lingua italiana, ed. G.Cusatelli (Garzanti)
Indicative web based resources e.g. ele:
ele; activities suggested by textbook
Other resources:
Foreign Language Centre; materials recommended in library

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